Winehouse/ Perry Collab May Live On
With the tragic recent passing of soulful chanteuse Amy Winehouse and the bevy of tributes to her music, style and troubled life, it’s clear that Winehouse managed – in her short time in the spotlight – to enter the international zeitgeist, inspiring the worlds of music, fashion and pop culture.
Back in October we featured the debut Fall collection of Amy Winehouse’s first clothing collaboration with retailer Fred Perry – heavy with the singer’s 50′s and 60′s inspired looks – think pencil skirts, gingham rompers and high-waisted shorts. The lines Spring collection (unleashed in March) continued with the distinctly Winehouse appeal and ripe with Hawaiian prints. Since her passing, and with the rumors of a backlog of unreleased music, there is now speculation that the Perry/ Winehouse design collaboration may also live on posthumously.
In an interview printed in the October 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Winehouse is quoted as saying, “We’ve pretty much done like up to autumn/winter 2012,” which leads fashion watchers to wonder if their are three more collections (Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Fall 2012) in the pipeline.
With song sales jumping a whopping 2000 percent and with nearly every Fred Perry Amy Winehouse item selling out in the week since her passing – the Daily Mail speculates that it would be in the brands best interest to carry on. But the team at Fred Perry are remaining mum stating officially that any decisions are “on hold until we speak with Amy’s family and management.”
One thing is clear, whether you loved her look or didn’t, Ms. Winehouse had all but entered fashion icon status and did what designers love most in their muses – be herself.